Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 4 - Spring 2017 - Page 16

MINING HERITAGE The Balmer North Mine Disaster On April 3rd, 1967, the worst fears of any coal mining community came true once again in the Elk Valley. As the afternoon shift walked into the main tunnel of the Balmer North Mine, a rock fell deep inside the mine. That piece of sandstone from the collapsing coal seam roof created sparks as it hit other rocks lying on the mine floor, igniting methane gas that had accumulated in a large unventilated and abandoned mined-out area called the gob. The methane flared violently and in tu ΙΈ…ΥΝ•Ρ‘”½…°‘ΥΝӊQ•Ω•Θ)ΑΙ•Ν•ΉΠ₯ΈΡ‘”…₯ȁ…Ή½ΈΡ‘”Ι½…‘έ…εΜ)½˜Ρ‘₯́ɕ±…Ρ₯Ω•±δΉ•ά΅₯Ή—ŠQΡΌ•αΑ±½‘”Έ)Q‘…Ё•αΑ±½Ν₯½ΈΡ½Ι”Ρ‘ɽ՝  …±΅•Θ)9½ΙΡ ₯Έ„΅…Ρѕȁ½˜Ν•½Ή‘́…Ή‰ΥΙΝΠ)™Ι½΄Ρ‘”•ΉΡΙ䰁ɽ±±₯Ήœ½ΥЁ…Ι½Ν́ё”)Ω…±±•δ™±½½ΘΈ₯™Ρ••Έ½˜Ρ‘”€Θ͕́…Ν½Ή•)΅₯Ή•ΊΑΙ•Ν•ΉΠέ•Ι”­₯±±•₯ΉΝΡ…ΉΡ±δ‰δ)Ρ‘”‘•Ω…ΝΡ…Ρ₯Ή±δΑ½έ•Ι™Υ°™½Ι”½˜Ρ‘”)‰±…ΝЁ…ΉΡ‘”Ι•ΝЁݕɔΝ•Ι₯½ΥΝ±δ₯Ή©ΥΙ•Έ)Q‘”½΅΅ΥΉ₯ΡδΙ••±•°΅½ΥΙΉ•°)‰ΥΙ₯•Ρ‘•₯ȁ‘•…₯Έ•ΙΉ₯”°5₯‘•°°)…Ή ½±•΅…ΈΈ(ΔΨ)9½ά€Τΐε•…Ί±…ѕȁё”5ΥΉ₯₯Α…±₯Ρδ)½˜MΑ…Ιέ½½…ΉΡ‘” …±΅•Θ9½ΙΡ )5₯Ή•Ί5•΅½Ι₯…° ½΅΅₯ΡΡ•”‘…Ω”)™½Ι΅…±±δ…­Ή½έ±•‘•Ρ‘•Ν”€Δԁ΅•Έ)…Ή…±°΅₯Ή•Ί±½ΝЁ₯ΈΡ‘”5₯‘•° Ι••¬)…Ι•„΅₯Ή•Μ™Ι½΄±­™½ΙΡΌ ½…°)5½ΥΉΡ…₯Έ°„Ρ½Ρ…°½˜€Δΰāͽձ́±½ΝΠ)ΡΌ…₯‘•ΉΡ́ΝΡ…ΙΡ₯Ήœ₯Έ€ΔδΐΔΈQ‘•₯Θ)Ή…΅•Μ…Έ‰”™½ΥΉ•Ρ‘•₯ΈΙ…Ή₯Ρ”)…Ё„΅½ΉΥ΅•ΉΠ₯ΈMΑ…Ιέ½½“ŠéQ₯Ρ…Έ)A…Ι¬Έ9•αЁѼΡ‘”΅½ΉΥ΅•ΉΠ°„±₯™”΄)Ν₯镐‰Ι½Ήι”ΝΡ…ΡΥ”½˜…Έ₯½Ή₯…±±δ΄)Ι…™Ρ•½…°΅₯Ή•Θ‘…́‰••ΈΑ±…•ΡΌ)½΅΅•΅½Ι…Ρ”Ρ‘½Ν”±½ΝЁ…Ή‘½Ή½ΥΘ)Ρ‘”…Ι•‡Šé΅₯Ή₯Ήœ‘•Ι₯Ρ…”Έ)%Έ„•Ι•΅½Ήδ‘•±½Έ5½Ή‘…δ°)ΑΙ₯°€Νɐ€ΘΐΔά°„Α…Ι…‘”½˜€Δΰā͍‘½½°)ΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́•… Α±…•„έ‘₯Ρ”ΡΥ±₯ΐ…Π)Ρ‘”‰…Ν”½˜Ρ‘”ΝΡ…ΡΥ”₯Έ΅•΅½Ι䁽˜Ρ‘”(Δΰā±½ΝЁ΅₯Ή•ΙΜΈMΑ••‘•Μ‘½Ή½ΥΙ₯Ήœ)Ρ‘”΅₯Ή•Ί…Ή„½΅΅•΅½Ι…Ρ₯Ω”Ω₯‘•Ό)½˜΅½Ω₯Ήœ₯ΉΡ•ΙΩ₯•έ́έ₯Ρ ΝΥΙΩ₯Ω½ΙΜ)½΅Α±•Ρ•Ρ‘”ΡΙ₯‰ΥΡ”ΡΌΡ‘½Ν”΅•Έ)±½ΝЁ΅₯Ή₯ΉœΡ‘”‰±…¬½±₯ΈΡ‘”)±¬Y…±±•δΈ